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Nintendo Switch sales exceed 111 million

Mario Strikers Battle League Switch Gemma Smith Life Nintendo
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Nintendo’s latest financial report for the first quarter of 2023 (April – June 2022) has been released, and the Switch has just exceeded 111 million units sold.

However, as with last quarter, there was a year-over-year decline in sales. Citing the continued shortage of semiconductors – and comparing major releases this quarter to the same quarter last year (and Animal Crossing: New Horizonat the time) – Nintendo reports a 22% drop in the last quarter.

Despite this, the company says demand for the console is stable across all regions and the outlook is improving a bit in terms of semiconductors. Nintendo estimates that the situation will gradually improve from the end of the summer to the beginning of the fall, which should boost the production of consoles.

The console still sold 3.43 million units, with four titles selling over a million units each this quarter – Nintendo Switch Sports (4.84 million), Mario Strikers: Battle League (1.91 million), Kirby and the Forgotten Land (1.88 million) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1.48 million) – helping to boost the numbers.

Let’s break that 3.43 million down a bit further:

  • Total sales of standard switches this period: 1.32 million
  • Total OLED Switch sales this period: 1.52 million
  • Total Switch Lite sales this period: 0.59 million

The Switch is progressing very slowly on Game Boy sales, which amount to 118.69 million units. It’s quite likely that the console will overtake the handheld in bulk in the next fiscal year, which will be pretty amazing!

Here’s how console sales are currently stacking up

Console Total sales
DS 154.02 million
game boy 118.69 million
To change 111.08 million
Wii 101.63 million
GameBoy Advance 81.51 million
3DS 75.94 million
Home computer / NES 61.91 million
Super Family Computer / SNES 49.10 million
N64 32.93 million
gamecube 21.74 million
Wii U 13.56 million

The next quarter should end well with Splaton 3, which is a huge seller in Japan in particular. And don’t forget about this cute Splatoon OLED model. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 also just released, and it will be interesting to see if this new version drives console sales for the next quarter.

So despite a drop in sales year over year, things still look solid for Nintendo and the Switch.

What do you think of the latest sales figures? Do you think the Switch will catch up with the Game Boy before the end of the year? Let us know!

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